The Folk Life Museum’s collection

The permanent exhibition at the Folk Life Museum, which reopened under the motto Back - with a difference in autumn 2008 with a new entry charge and numerous changes to the displays, focuses thematically on three areas – The Home, Dress and Beliefs.

These themes cover the core areas of the Folk Life Museum’s collection, represented by everyday things (particularly of the pre-industrial period) that document the diversity of our views of life, the ways we cope and also forms of human creativity.

The personally precious box carved in bark, the seemingly “real folk hat”, the small pilgrimage memento for a handbag or treasured confirmation gift – many things go with us through life. Many of these can be shown in the new permanent exhibition with the web of relationships it reveals, but alas much had to be left in the seclusion of the depository.

The Collection

The Folk Life Museum also has an extensive specialist folklore library in the building, with 14,000 individual volumes and subscriptions to 80 specialist periodicals and magazines. Attached it are the archives with a substantial collection of source material about Styrian folk culture and multi-faceted picture archives with around 20,000 colour slides and many historic photos.

The Folk Life Museum acts as a platform for a living, critical exploration of issues to do with the past and present of folk culture, and its activities are therefore geared to people of all ages.

Folk Life Museum

Paulustorgasse 11-13a
8010 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9900
F +43-316/8017-9888
volkskunde@museum-joanneum.at

 

Opening Hours
01. April to 31. December Wed-Sun, public holidays 2pm - 6pm
24. March 2018 to 30. December 2018 Wed-Sun, public holidays 2pm - 6pm

 

Guided tours for groups
from 01. April to 31. December Tues-Fri and 
from 24. March to 30. December Tues-Fri  
also outside of opening hours on advance notice

 

26th December
2nd April 2018
1st May 2018
21st May 2018

24th/25th December
24th/25th December 2018